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The Denial of St. Peter

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The Denial of St. Peter

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Nicolas Tournier
French, 1590–1638


ca. 1630


Oil on canvas

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63 x 95 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 204


This painting depicts the Apostle Peter’s moment of spiritual crisis when he denies being a follower of Jesus. Peter, distinguished from the others by his old-fashioned dress, points to himself and raises a hand in a gesture of refutation, fulfilling Jesus’s prediction that he would deny him three times. Tournier, a French painter who spent seven years studying in Rome, used dramatic light and shade to instill the scene with emotional intensity and pathos.


Gift of the Members Guild in honor of its 20th anniversary and in memory of Mr. Robert W. Woodruff on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola